Special Issue "The Impact of the COVID-19 Emergency on the Quality of Life of the General Population"

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Clinical Psychology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Assoc. Prof. Michele Roccella
Guest Editor
Child Neuropsychiatry, Department of Psychological Sciences, Pedagogical and Education, University of Palermo, Italy
Interests: psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents; autism; ADHD; behavioral disorders
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 is a pandemic that has forced many states to declare restrictive measures in order to prevent its wider spread. These measures are necessary to protect the health of adults, children, and people with disabilities.

Long quarantine periods could cause an increase in anxiety crises, fear of contagion, and post-traumatic stress disorder (frustration, boredom, isolation, fear, insomnia, difficulty concentrating).

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can develop in subjects who have been or have witnessed a traumatic, catastrophic, or violent event, or who have become aware of a traumatic experience that happened to a loved one.

In fact, from current cases, it emerges that the prevalence of PTSD varies from 1% to 9% in the general population and can reach 50%–60% in subgroups of subjects exposed to traumas considered particularly serious. PTSD develops as a consequence of one or more physical or psychological traumatic events, such as exposure to natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis; wars, torture, death threats; road accidents, robbery, air accidents; diseases with unfavorable prognoses; complicated or traumatic mourning; physical and sexual abuse and abuse during childhood; victimization and discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity. It can also develop following changes in lifestyle habits caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.

We welcome manuscripts on the impact of the COVID-19 emergency on the quality of life of the general population, children, and people with disabilities.

We will be happy to review your contributions to our Special Issue in the Journal Clinical Medicine.

Prof. Dr. Michele Roccella
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
  • COVID-19 emergency;
  • disabilities
  • quality of life
  • stress disorder

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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